Goddess of the Garden ~ Swamp Hibiscus

Swamp Hibiscus
Swamp Hibiscus in Afternoon Sun

Like the sindhuram that brightens up a mature face, the palm-sized, five petal swamp hibiscus flower in bold crimson color lightens up a landscape. This cheerful goddess is a sun worshiper, showing up with sun, smiling broadly as sun does his afternoon stroll and shying away with sunken sun.

Swamp hibiscus plant dies to the ground in freezing winter but comes back from roots in spring in Houston weather. A reliable, low maintenance plant with beautiful vigorous blooms, it’s another must have for a hibiscus collector.


  • By Giri, June 20, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

    One of my favorite flowers. I am still waiting for mine to emerge

  • By The Housewife, June 21, 2011 @ 1:41 am

    This is such a gorgeous picture… such a deep lovely colour!

  • By Mona, June 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am

    Gorgeous flower. Do all hibiscus plants die in winter and come back in spring?

  • By Kay, June 21, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    Love the flower, but love the way you put it more…

  • By Aruna, June 22, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    Gorgeous color Indira….Out of all the flowers, this one has a special place in our pooja.

  • By Mona, June 22, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Dear Indiragaru,

    What is the status of your veggie garden? anticipating your weekly haul pictures, please don’t disappoint us!!
    Love the hibicus and malle poovu

  • By wondernoon, June 22, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    Hi Indira

    Such lovely flowers! Your talent for cooking and gardening and writing is really something!

    Please could you post a picture of the whole garden space – so we can see it as a garden…


  • By Cilantro, June 22, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    Nice bright & beautiful!!!.
    I had the yellow color Hibiscus in Seattle Indira and it did die in winter. I was`nt sure if it would come back in spring. I am going to plant them next year and see if it survives in Dallas.

  • By Narayan, June 25, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    Wow… this looks divine. Hibiscus or chembarathi are very common hedge plants in Kerala – I have regularly featured it in my blog…
    The Shrubs in the rain soaked lane (http://riteriterite.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/the-shrubs-in-the-rain-soaked-lane/) ; and Hibiscus (http://riteriterite.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/the-hibiscus/).

  • By Fathima, June 29, 2011 @ 3:48 am

    Wow! Look at that red. Looks like a bridal saree with the yellow pollen grains like zari. and green border….our paaramparya colour combination.

  • By Hari Chandana, June 29, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Gorgeous picture !!!!!

  • By shruthi palreddy, July 6, 2011 @ 5:42 am

    lovely picture and great color

  • By Narayan, July 9, 2011 @ 5:50 am

    Indira, await your next post after the July 4 weekend. Hope the summer storms in neighbouring Arizona did not impact Houston.

  • By Vandya, July 14, 2011 @ 11:58 am


  • By Aparna Naveen, July 16, 2011 @ 4:58 am

    Hey Indira, So lovely to see you are still blogging with loads of committment.:) Lot of us started blogging with your inspiration, but reached nowhere. Visiting here after a long time. Still find the greatest recipe source and interesting articles.. Keep it up. Thanks.

  • By Narayan, July 17, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Going with the red flower theme, here is a link to a story in red – Lal Mahal –

    Hope you like it.

  • By Sonia Rumzi, July 19, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    Beautiful! Please add some sharing buttons so I can share your blog with others. Love your photos and your recipes. Thanks.

  • By Anu, July 20, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Indira, long time since your last post. Hope all is well.

    take care,

  • By Brinda, July 22, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Hi Indira,
    This is the longest gap between your posts, hope you are doing well. More pics please !

  • By Indira, July 23, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Thanks all for your comments. Going through the hot summer season. Hope you are all keeping cool and taking it easy.

    Aparna: It’s so good to see you here. I do miss the oldtime blogging fervor and all of you fellow blogger buddies.

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